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DIY: Upholstering Headboards

26 Sep

Although I am now living in my fabulous apartment, I have been holding off on the big unveil of my new digs on Funky Bear. I apologize for the delay but I want to make sure it looks its best before showing the world.

For now, I can give you a sneak peak into my place by showing you how to create your own headboard — a project I recently completed for my apartment with my mom. There are tons of helpful articles online about the various ways you can do this and although they seem wordy, the process can actually be quite simple.

Better Homes & Gardens

Do It Yourself


Be Jane

So if you don’t feel like watching Sunday football all afternoon with your dad, brother, or boyfriend all day for some strange reason (what, no football?!?), then get started on this fun and decorative do-it-yourself project!

There are many ways of decorating a headboard…


Inspired by: Alkemie


Inspired by: The Decorista


Inspired by: Oh Joy!


Inspired by: Decorati

(definition: gluing tons of paper, wall paper, or wrapping paper overlapping in an enticing pattern)

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

In my humble opinion, the best and most dramatic way to create a beautiful and attention-grabbing headboard is to upholster it.

Upholstering involves applying stuffing and/or cushions, and then covering this padding  with fabric of your choosing. Depending on the look you are going for, upholstering a headboard can be young and sweet, glamorous and dramatic, or even mature and sophisticated.

I mentioned a few different websites above that give a helpful breakdown of this DIY upholstery project. But here is how my mom and I created the look in a more quick and dirty (and less detailed) way than most of these articles offer:


1. Old wood headboard (in dire need of re-purposing) — this could also be a piece of plywood that you have cut to fit your bed in any shape. If you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s you can purchase the wood and have them cut to your specific dimensions. Just make sure to measure what you want first!

2. Thick foam — can be bought from most fabric stores such as Joann’s. I chose 2-inch thick foam but this can be whatever you want depending on how thick you want the padding on your headboard to be.

3. Batting — also from Joann’s

4. Fabric — enough to cover the entire headboard with plenty of room to spare on all sides (at least 5 inches for wrapping around).

5. Staple gun — an electric staple gun is best. For the amount of stapling you are about to do, investing in a $30 piece of machinery like that will save you years of carpal tunnel syndrome. Even with the electric staple gun, you should still prepare yourself for a swollen hand after a few hours of upholstery.

6. Staples — don’t forget to buy these with the gun! Based on the fairly thick, furry fabric I chose coupled with the batting, I chose 1/2 inch staples.

7. Scissors — this one’s obvious.

8. Blue painters’ tape — this will help secure the batting and fabric so they don’t slide as you staple them in place.

9. Spray glue — this is necessary in order to adhere the foam to the headboard base while you work with the batting and fabric.

10. Old sheet or drop cloth — this will help protect the floor you are working on from the spray glue and any scraps of fabric or stray staples will be easy to clean.

11. A partner in crime — I don’t believe this project can be done by yourself so find a buddy to help.


1 hour of purchasing materials

2 hours of upholstery time


1. Cut foam: Lay out all of your materials on top of the sheet. Cut your foam out to the shape of your headboard. Try to get as close to the actual shape as possible, it will look much better in the end if everything lines up exactly. For mine, we had to use 2 layers of foam to cover the entire headboard so make sure everything is flush together with no spaces or cracks.

2. Glue foam: Once you have cut out your foam, use the spray glue to adhere it to the headboard. It doesn’t have to be perfect, this is just to keep the foam from moving when you add the  batting and eventually the fabric.

3. Apply batting: Cut a large piece of the batting that will cover the entire headboard. Smooth said batting over the entire front of the headboard. This is the batting’s entire purpose — to smooth out any cracks where the foam falls short and prepare the headboard for fabric application.

4. Staple batting: Wrap the sides of the batting around to the back of the headboard. This is where your partner comes in handy. With their help, stand up the headboard and use the blue painter’s tape to secure the batting in place to the back side. Then, flip the entire headboard over so you only see the back of it. Grab the staple gun and adhere the batting to the wood. The staples work best if placed relatively close to one another (.25 inches apart). Make sure to pull the batting tight each time you staple so the smoothing effect takes place.

5. Check batting: Have your partner hold up the headboard so that you may see the front. Ensure that you have stapled the batting down tight and now bumps or air pockets exist.

6. Cut fabric: Lay your headboard back down so the front with the new batting is facing up. Lay your fabric (or in my case, we bought a furry blanket) over the entire headboard. If need be, cut the fabric so that there are about 6 extra inches on all sides. These extra inches will be important when you wrap the fabric around the foam and batting.

7. Apply fabric: This part can get tricky because you really need to make sure the fabric is pulled tight and looks flawless — this is what everyone will be seeing! Carefully stand the headboard up again and adhere the long side pieces to the back with blue painter’s tape.

8. Staple fabric: Gently lay headboard so the fabric/front side is facing down, and the back is exposed. Staple your fabric making sure to pull tight and smooth as you go. Start from the middle of the top and work your way out. The top is the most important section because it will be the most prominent once the headboard is set up with your bed. It can be a tedious process, but perfection is key — this is what everyone will see as the final product! For the corners, we just played with folding the fabric as you would make the corners of a bed. As long as the front looks good, you will be fine. The back will most likely look like a jumbled mess of staples but no one will ever see it so it doesn’t matter.

9. Check fabric: Stand the headboard up and eyeball any areas that seem lumpy. Use your staple gun to smooth these areas. Again — it doesn’t matter how messy the back looks with all of the staples, so long as the front looks fabulous.

10. Admire your work: You’re done! Stand back and admire your work. Go place behind your bed immediately and accept all compliments you receive with a smile.


Spotlight On: Keep Calm and Carry On (or Freak Out)

23 Jun

I would like to preface this post by reminding everyone that I have just recently jumped on this home decorating train. The impact of this fact will be felt from time to time when I post about an old fad that is not uber cool anymore. But how am I supposed to know these things? You can’t type in “decorating trends that are so 2009″ in Google and come up with a straight answer. I tried. It gives you some relevant sites, but not the kind I’m looking for.

That being said, today’s spotlight is on the Keep Calm and Carry On craze. Apparently this really hit the United States big sometime last year. Some people are really over it and even opposed to it now. Others, like myself, think it is a great saying to somehow use in your home no matter what anyone else thinks.

My new personal mantra.

A little historical background on the quote:

When World War II broke out in the United Kingdom, the British Government’s Ministry of Information commissioned these (and many other) posters to be dispersed around the country. They were supposed to remind people to go about their daily lives and not live in fear. Although many of the posters created by the Ministry of Information were in fact distributed, the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters with the royal crown were only intended to be used in times of extreme crisis (BP Oil spill, anyone?).

But now certain artists and groups have re-created them in fun, vibrant colors for you to take home and make your own.

You can find a vast array of these inexpensive posters at http://www.etsy.com by typing in the keywords: Keep Calm and Carry On. They range from $3.00 – $20.00.

Ooh...ahh...THE COLORS!

These posters by: By Order of the Crown

We have already seen one example of using this poster in your home when we toured Sydney’s Fort Worth abode.

Sydney. So hot right now. Sydney.

But I want to show you some other examples of how people have used them in their homes, and the different colors they come in.

Inspired by: Nothing Relevant

Inspired by: Hand on Hip

Inspired by: Hand on Hip

Inspired by: Urban Jane

Inspired by: Urban Jane

They make rugs and other goodies too!

Inspired by: Swiss Miss

Not into a poster? Try a decal. Quickly becoming one of my favorite products EVER.

Inspired by: Inspire Your Walls

And don’t forget to check out all the other hundreds of kinds of KCACO paraphernalia. You can find these on most any website/distributor of the saying, but these ones below were all inspired by Keep Calm Poster on Etsy.

And if you, like the other Keep Calm and Carry On haters, are bored and/or annoyed of this trend…Why don’t you check out these hilarious parodies. C’mon, you gotta at least crack a smile.

I'm definitely the "Get Excited and Make Things" person. Where do you think The Funky Bear came from?

These are the best by far. To have them side by side one another would just be too much (in the best sense possible).

So clever.

All above inspired by: Nothing Relevant

And if you’re looking for some more posters to act as your muse, check out: Keep Calm Gallery

They’re based out of the UK but they seem pretty legit and original. And very British-y. Which seems important with these posters that are rooted in British history.

In closing, if you’re like me and are always looking for ways to not be a spastic freak in life, perhaps one of these posters will inspire you to take them literally, and keep calm and carry on.

Color Me Happy: Totally Taken with Turquoise

21 Jun


The word conjures images of sandy beaches with crisp teal waters, lime green frozen margaritas, vibrant bathing suits and matching toe nails, and chunky necklaces to brighten up an all white-outfit.

And Summer would be completely bereft without the color turquoise.

It seems to me that this gorgeous hue is the color of the year. Seriously. I am DYING to paint my room a startling shade of turquoise. However, since I’m still living with some very picky roommates (a.k.a. Mom & Dad) who don’t throw paint up on the wall on a whim, that just isn’t an option for me right now. But I’ve been window shopping online to see how other (lucky) people are using this color in their homes because as soon as I’m out of this prison lovely home**, you can bet your last dollar this color is going up on my walls.

**I’m just teasing. I love my mom and dad they are wonderful people and extremely generous for putting me and my cat up in their beautiful home for the Summer 🙂

If, like me, you are inspired by loud colors, do a search online for “color inspiration” and check out the Google images you get or the different designing blogs that come up. The best one I’ve found for today’s turquoise inspiration is:

House of Turquoise http://www.houseofturquoise.com

This blog is written by a gal named Erin who is obsessed with the color turquoise (more so than me, I believe).

She also has a shopping blog to lead you directly to all things turquoise: http://www.everythingturquoise.com/

Here are some of the amazing, eclectic, and crazy rooms I found to inspire you to use turquoise in your life. Get ready, because this one is a doozy. I couldn’t contain my excitement for the color, so I went all out. Enjoy!!

Inspired by: Alkemie

I love how this designer paired the intense turquoise walls with an equally as intense shade of green for an accent with the mirrors and seat cushions. So fun!

Inspired by: Alkemie

This is a little example of how you can use turquoise with pink — it doesn’t have to look like Lilly Pulitzer threw up all over your house. With this funky and different mirror and the darker shade of turquoise, the room looks sophisticated rather than silly.

Inspired by: Alkemie

Here’s another example of using lime green and turquoise together in a way that works well. These book shelves seem like they are built into the wall, but you could just as easily buy an old set of bookshelves on Craigslist or at Goodwill and paint it turquoise yourself. That way if you mess up or the color is way too much for you (how on earth could that happen?!) then you can scrap it, no big deal.

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

This kitchen was boldly painted turquoise and the back of the shelves have been covered in a cute wallpaper. An easy DIY should you find the time.

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

This room has a very sophisticated look but is livened up with the turquoise rug and accents. It makes the room more inviting and young feeling, even with the other harsh black and white pieces.

Inspired by: Casa Pinka

Here is a lighter shade of turquoise on the walls, for all you hesitaters out there. I also love the darker turquoise hanging piece and the birds on the wall. It really adds some funk, no?

Inspired by: Decor Pad

Here is a bright dining area. It appears as if the owner painted the chairs the same color as the walls to match. I love the bird cage in the background too! They seem to popping up everywhere.

Inspired by: Growers & Nomads

The painted tree on the walls is reminiscent of the decals I found in my earlier article, Alphabet Soup: Vinyl Wall Art & Decals. Turquoise is the perfect background to set these decals on, especially ones with white or a very light tan.

Inspired by: Growers & Nomads

Again, green + turquoise = too much cuteness. The way the wall is decorated above the couch is another obsession of mine. I love clustering picture frames to create a centerpiece for the room.

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Although the walls are not painted turquoise, the shower curtain incorporates the color in a fun, flirty way.

Inspired by: House of Turqouise

The color with these decorations looks eclectic and cool; different from how most people pair things with turquoise (bright with bright, or bright with bright white). And the “Welcome” letters are fabulous! More Alphabet Soup for ya…

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Yet another room with reds and turquoise that somehow avoids the Lilly Pulitzer vom affect. This would be a really cute guest room (if you have a guest room at this point in your life).

Inspired by: LuLu Painting

Matching the couches to the wall could have been a disaster but it is pulled off effortlessly here with plain furniture and all-white accessories.

Inspired by: LuLu Painting

If my living room could be as bright, happy and funky as this one someday, my life’s decorating mission would be complete. LOVE all the browns, greens and the light shade of turquoise (almost sky blue) and the cluster of pictures on the wall.

Inspired by: Odi Et Amo

This room is fresh and clean with jolts of color. It looks like it could be for a teenage girl but is mature enough to work for anyone with a few additions of your own liking and age-appropriate-ness.

That’s it for today’s Inspiration Board. I hope you are as totally taken with turquoise as I am. Keep looking at other blogs for color inspirations and get some turquoise in your life ASAP!

Alphabet Soup: Vinyl Wall Art & Decals

13 Jun

Day One of Alphabet Soup has officially begun! Remember, this week is all about words and letters, and how to use them as decorations (see Alphabet Soup entry one post ago).

Today’s find has traditionally been used for quotes, initials, and favorite words (all a part of the greater Alphabet Soup) which is why I chose it. However, lately images and graphics have started to become just as popular so there is a little of both here.

Vinyl wall art decals, graphics, quotes and decorations are becoming an increasingly popular trend. They are super easy to use and can be adhered to any flat, clean surface such as walls, windows, doors or mirrors. The greatest thing about them (in this deco-dumb dumb’s opinion) is that they are removable. So if your quote block is going more wonky than straight, you can peel it off and try again. Or if you change your mind and hate it within a week (doubtful — they are super cute) you can take it off and get rid of it. There are a number of great websites that specialize in this type of art and most give you a selection of quotes, letters, and graphics to choose from and then let you customize the size, color, font, etc. Below are some examples of how this wall art can be used in the home (click images to make bigger):

Get the idea? Next time you’ve got some free time, check out these websites and order your very own!

UpperCase Living (http://www.uppercaseliving.com)

Most of decals: $10-$30 each

Graphics can act as a wallpaper, decoration, or neutral accent.

UCL can turn images into decals too. Even though I think this is kind of creepy, it shows a different way to use them.

Love the mirror decal! This would go great in ANY bathroom.

More wallpaper-esque decals. This would be perfect for a home or apartment where you can't change the paint color (probably a bland white) of the walls.

You can add a 3-D affect and texture to any room by hanging a frame around a wall decal.


Leen the Graphics Queen (http://www.etsy.com/shop/leenthegraphicsqueen)

Most of decals: $20-$50

The designer, Leen, has a thing for dandelions. And now I think I do too! They're so pretty, feminine, and FUNKY.

This tree is precious. Especially if you're a Chi Omega (like me!) whose symbol is an owl. Sorry, had to put that in!

More dandelions -- duh!

If you can't afford a really beautiful glass chandelier, why not just smooth on a decal?

I never knew I had a thing for bird cages...but I absolutely love this!

More birds.

Wall Words (http://www.wallwords.com)

Most decals: $20-$50

This is the perfect way to sass up an old boring piece of furniture or something cheap from Goodwill or Craigslist. Check out Robert Pattinson's pic in the background...this girl must be a Twihard (isn't that what they call crazy teen Twilight fans?).

A simple, powerful word can add a lot to a room.

Written Decor (www.writtendecor.com)

Similar to Wall Words.

Especially for the young woman without a whole lot of income (or if you’ve been cut off by your ‘rents like me and have no income), these vinyl decals can be a great way to decorate on a budget. Some may seem more expensive than others — and definitely if you choose to create a wallpaper out of many graphics that you have to buy — however they can dramatically change a room for the better and spruce up cheap furniture. I think they’re definitely worth it. This post was inspired by the original quote decals, so don’t forget about them. Pick your favorite quote or word and strategically place it in a room. But for sure if you’re looking around you room and have some dead space, click through the galleries on some of these websites and find something that speaks to you. Or if you have a really plain room, spice it up with a bird cage or faux chandelier!

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